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Health conscious Americans are looking for the secret to the fountain of youth. One of the most popular ways to keep healthy is running. Research shows that regular running can lower ones risk of early death by as much as 20%. All the news isn’t good though. Running more than 20 miles per week can actually be harmful and lead to cardiac damage. It is also dangerous to run at a pace faster than eight minutes a mile. James O’Keefe, a sports cardiologist at Saint Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Mo., says that “after age 50, pushing too hard is probably not good for one’s heart or longevity.”

The bad news for runners doesn’t stop there.” Extreme exercise can harden the coronary artery, a condition typically seen in people who are completely sedentary. Endurance athletes such as marathoners and triathletes also appear to be at higher risk of atrial fibrillation, a heart condition responsible for one in three strokes.”

Aiming for a healthy lifestyle is not a bad goal, but one should remember that training the spirit will pay off in the long run. --Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

The Week, December 21, 2012 p. 17

1 Timothy 4:7-8 (ESV) (7) Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; (8) for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

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